Back to listApr 2, 2011

Interfaith Discussion on “Women in Religion” Held in Spain

At the Nicolás Salmerón Cultural Center in MadridAt the Nicolás Salmerón Cultural Center in Madrid

On April 2, SGI-Spain participated in an interfaith panel discussion on women's role in religion held at the Nicolás Salmerón Cultural Center in Madrid. Organized by the Madrid Community Interfaith Dialogue Association (ADIM), this event aimed to propose new perspectives on this topic.

An introduction was given by Juan José Tamayo, dean of the department of religion at Carlos III University of Madrid, leading up to a discussion on the topic "Feminism and Religions,"chaired by SGI-Spain General Director Enrique Caputo and an ADIM Board Member. Speakers included professor of medieval history Cristina Segura Graiño of Complutense University of Madrid and Margarita Pintos de Cea-Naharro, president of ADIM.

Two panel discussions introducing perspectives from different religions followed. The first included representatives from the Baha'i, Brahma Kumaris, Jewish and SGI communities. Panelists in the second session included speakers from the Catholic, Hindu, Baptist and Muslim faiths.

In her talk, SGI-Spain Public Relations Officer Inés Vázquez introduced her paper, "Women's role in the Lotus Sutra Buddhist Tradition" and touched upon Nichiren's heritage of promoting an egalitarian spirit.

Other supporters of the event included the Nicolás Salmerón Cultural Center, Chamartín District, and Carlos III University of Madrid.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Spain; photo courtesy of SGI-Spain]